# Speakers for outdoor projector?

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I bought a Vivitek H1186-WT projector and look forward to playing some movies in the backyard in the spring.

The built-in speakers are weak and I knew that prior to purchasing. I'm looking for as compact and cost effective as practical, since I'll already be moving the projector, DVD player, and screen in and out as needed.

What would you suggest for the audio?

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Cost makes a big difference and how big of an area you're trying to cover. If it were me for just something at home, I'd use for non permanent setups just a decent set of computer speakers with a sub.

http://www.logitech.com/en-us/pro...33?crid=47
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How big of space are you looking to cover?
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 Quote from emelvee : I escaped from The Lounge
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I use these for my outdoor projector. Amazing sound and it has separate controls for volume and bass.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BXF5HQ8
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Thanks for the suggestions. We have a pool and want to set up the screen on the concrete to be able to view from the pool or next to the pool. The pool has a waterfall so I need decent volume. I don't mind spending even a few hundred dollars if necessary for good sound, but of course would love to spend a lot less if the ones suggested are sufficient.
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 Quote from emelvee : Thanks for the suggestions. We have a pool and want to set up the screen on the concrete to be able to view from the pool or next to the pool. The pool has a waterfall so I need decent volume. I don't mind spending even a few hundred dollars if necessary for good sound, but of course would love to spend a lot less if the ones suggested are sufficient.
Are you looking for a temporary solution or something to be installed permanently?

On the cheap end 2.1 computer speakers are a decent option. If you want to spend more get some outdoor speakers that look like rocks and an amp/receiver to drive them.
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You do have red\white audio outs. Assuming you have a home theater receiver\setup, I would look to see if you can hook the projector audio into a receiver input and then just connect a receiver input channel\zone to some real outdoor speakers permanently setup by your pool area (like some Polk Atrium 4s or 5s which are decent and moderately priced). This way you not only could use it for the projector sound, but send sound from internet radio, AM\FM, airplay, Windows media center ripped music, or any other source in your home theater setup. You would just need to run two audio cables to your receiver from wherever you plan on using the projector outside in addition to installing the speakers.

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I did think about using a receiver and "real" outdoor speakers. We had a shed at our last house that kept everything dry and had such a setup for backyard audio. At this house, the equipment will either need to be brought inside after each use or I could use a deck box to store it in-season at least. I'll probably start with computer speakers and see if the sound quality is acceptable. If I find the audio lacking, I'll go with a receiver and outdoor speakers. Winter's finally here in NC, so I have some time to figure something out. Thanks again for everyone's suggestions.
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The Klipsch 2.1 ProMedia computer setup is nice, and it gets LOUD. Certainly loud enough to overcome the waterfall, etc. and still sound good. You should be able to find them at BestBuy if you want to try before you buy.
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 Quote from emelvee : I did think about using a receiver and "real" outdoor speakers. We had a shed at our last house that kept everything dry and had such a setup for backyard audio. At this house, the equipment will either need to be brought inside after each use or I could use a deck box to store it in-season at least. I'll probably start with computer speakers and see if the sound quality is acceptable. If I find the audio lacking, I'll go with a receiver and outdoor speakers. Winter's finally here in NC, so I have some time to figure something out. Thanks again for everyone's suggestions.

It depends on your house's layout, but there really would be no need to store or move anything other than the projector assuming your pool area is in your back yard and you can attach the speakers to your house or some other external structure nearby easily by wire. All you would need to do is run the audio wires for the projector to the receiver inside your home and install the speakers outside and run those wires to your inside receiver as well. The speakers can be on a separate zone. You can use a phone app to control the receiver remotely from outside.

Obviously this all assumes you have a capable receiver setup and home network in your home and that you can run wires to the receiver\it is close enough to your pool area\the back of your home so that running the wires is feasible and cost effective. Obviously if you have to run long distances, through flooring\ceilings or across large open areas outdoors then it is not going to be cost effective.
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I would also tend to keep the receiver indoors (climate controlled) if you go that route. There are also some smaller less expensive things that are just stereo. There are ways you could reduce the number of wires in a setup like this, but they add to the cost.

More permanently installed speakers would also be easier to use for music. Regarding the waterfall, you could probably rig up an easy way to turn it on and off.
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 Quote from jkee : More permanently installed speakers would also be easier to use for music. Regarding the waterfall, you could probably rig up an easy way to turn it on and off.
I have an app to turn the waterfall on and off

I'm gonna try some computer speakers first and see if I'm satisfied with the sound. Thanks again everyone.
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 Quote from emelvee : I have an app to turn the waterfall on and off
Now I've heard it all.

Unless there is an app that lets me hear more? I just don't know anymore!
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 Quote from emelvee : I did think about using a receiver and "real" outdoor speakers. We had a shed at our last house that kept everything dry and had such a setup for backyard audio. At this house, the equipment will either need to be brought inside after each use or I could use a deck box to store it in-season at least. I'll probably start with computer speakers and see if the sound quality is acceptable. If I find the audio lacking, I'll go with a receiver and outdoor speakers. Winter's finally here in NC, so I have some time to figure something out. Thanks again for everyone's suggestions.
If you're okay with computer speaker sound, you may be better off using a boombox instead, for easier portability (especially if it's a choice between buying a boombox or buying computer speakers, if you didn't want to use an existing set). You'd need one with inputs of course. Not that computer speakers couldn't be good, but you'd be spending money on speakers partly designed to work with the acoustics of a closed room, and they'd likely be in a minimum of 2-3 separate pieces + cabling. At least a boombox would be a single unit, and they're typically designed for higher volumes, and may have comparable apparent sound (to computer speakers) in a backyard anyway.

You wouldn't get much stereo separation from most boomboxes, but I think it's an even tradeoff vs. computer speakers <$100. As an oddball recommendation, you might also go wireless (bluetooth) headphones, depending on how many people will be watching. It costs about$15-20 per person for okay headphones, and maybe \$15 per person for the transmitter capability.

Slightly less oddball: there are speakers in the shape of rocks that are designed to be kept outdoors in the weather, there are also speakers that can be installed in recessed spaces into your walls/ceiling that might also be good, depending on your desired arrangement and seating.

One thing you might not have thought of: larger outdoor speakers, similar to the ones you see at concerts. Could be overkill though depending on your area, but similar to boomboxes they'd be designed for outdoor acoustics for volume, and probably do a much better job giving clear sound than boomboxes.